From her boutique store The Flock, in Christchurch’s The Tannery, Melody Leveridge is helping change the way we shop for the better.
By sourcing natural, organic and environmentally sourced materials, while supporting New Zealand industry and craft-makers, shoppers are discovering they can find beautiful, unique products, and still contribute towards creating a better future.
“Our dedication to supporting designers, crafters, makers and industry in New Zealand is coupled with an appreciation for design from around the world,” Melody says. “We therefore enjoy sourcing goods that are produced responsibly and ethically overseas.”
Designs on offer include From (knitwear), Kowtow, Elk, The Busy Finch, Popkraft, Ingrid Starnes, Triumph and Disaster, Anoint, Pieces of Eight and so much more.
Since taking over the shop, Melody has reduced imported suppliers by 70-80 percent, and enjoys inspiring and educating her clients. “It’s a no-brainer,” she says of the shop’s concept. “It makes sense to have the purchasing dollar in New Zealand, rather than overseas.”
Located at Shop 7, The Tannery. Visit www.facebook.com/theflockdesignboutique, follow @flock.design.boutique on Instagram or phone 03 389 9242.
The Tannery is a function venue unlike any other in the city – versatile enough to be informal and casual in the long bar of Blue Smoke, intimate dining in AGA kitchen or opulent and grand for corporate dinners in the Victorian era Atrium.
Blue Smoke is ideally suited for any reception or cocktail-style event you may be planning, whether it is a family party, a wedding or a more laid-back corporate celebration. With its William Morris wallpaper and oak panelling, it’s a charming and charismatic space made even more inviting with its large deck and outdoor fireplace, as well as its stage for your choice of band.
If you have a more intimate dining experience in mind, the AGA kitchen private dining room is the perfect setting for you. Couple the ‘old-world’ inspired atmosphere of this space with fine food and your guests will truly have a time to remember.
Nothing compares though with the grandeur of a corporate dinner, cocktail party or a wedding in the Victorian era Atrium under the fairy lights. With its iconic French tiled floors, stained glass, translucent roof and iron arches, the atrium is a simply stunning place to hold any event. It’s available for groups from 30 up to 600 and ideal for whimsical winter weddings.
To discuss your next function or, if you haven’t booked your end of the year celebration yet, contact the events team at The Tannery – 0800-4-TANNERY.
The Flock’s new layout at The Tannery reflects its purpose for selling ethical and sustainable items. With mainly Kiwi tunes playing in the background, it’s befitting for browsing among the locally made fashionwear and gifts.
Owner Melody Leveridge only sells exquisite clothing made of natural fibres. It’s where she draws the line – no synthetics. The Labels – Elk, Kowtow and From – all have the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approval. Elk’s high-quality 100 percent cashmere jerseys also include short-sleeve tops beautiful for layering, and twist-knit merino. Elk boots come in green-blue, tan, burgundy, black and patent leather. Kowtow also designs in organic-cotton, while the From collection features soft, fine-detailed merino.
Not forgetting the men, the Stanley extensive range of flasks keeps food and drink piping hot for up to 32 hours. There’s also superb handbags and wallets, natural skincare and Songbird cards hand-drawn in Diamond Harbour. The Flock has a story and a reason behind everything.